Welcome, Officer Ramirez
Story by Sgt. Rob Pedregon, Airport Police
Photos by CSI Officer Shawn Smith
In a graduation ceremony held Nov. 22 at the LAPD Academy, new Chief of Airport Police Cecil W. Rhambo Jr. swore-in his first Airport Police Officer, Elizabeth Ramirez, since taking over the helm of the largest aviation law enforcement agency in the nation.
Forty graduates of LAPD Academy Class 6/19 received their diplomas, beginning the transition from civilian life to the noble life of public safety. Representing Airport Police was graduate Officer Elizabeth Ramirez, who was elected Class Secretary. Officer Ramirez is a native of Southern California and a graduate of Cal State Northridge, where she earned her Master’s degree in public administration. Officer Ramirez is no stranger to public service — before attending the police academy, Ramirez was employed as a quality coach for UCLA Health.
Chief Rhambo addressed his newest officer: “The Airport Police is a proud organization with a proud tradition of hard work and dedication to the mission, I am confident that you will continue the hard work you displayed throughout the past six months and make our tradition your tradition.” Chief Rhambo thanked the crowd, welcomed them all to the Airport Police family and swore-in Officer Ramirez as the newest Airport Police Officer.
Officer Ramirez’ responsibilities include patrolling LAX, the second busiest airport in the country and fourth busiest in the world. She has begun her post-academy training, to be followed by a six-month Field Training Program, specific to aviation law enforcement under the guidance of a Field Training Officer. Upon completion, she will be assigned to the Patrol Services Section.